LONDON (AP) — Johnny Depp stated Thursday that his relationship with Amber Heard was “against the law scene ready to occur,” however denied assaulting his ex-wife throughout a drug-fueled rampage in Australia whereas he was filming a “Pirates of the Caribbean” film.
The Hollywood star was giving proof for a 3rd day in his libel swimsuit in opposition to a U.Ok. tabloid newspaper that referred to as him a “wife-beater.”
Depp is suing Information Group Newspapers, writer of The Solar, and the paper’s govt editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that stated he’d bodily abused Heard. He strongly denies the allegation.
Below cross-examination by The Solar’s lawyer, Sasha Wass, Depp depicted a unstable relationship with Heard, throughout a interval when he was making an attempt to kick medicine and alcohol, and typically lapsing. He stated he got here to really feel he was in a “fixed tailspin” and recalled telling Heard a number of occasions: “Pay attention, we’re against the law scene ready to occur.” However he denied being violent.
Depp rejected Heard’s declare that he subjected her to a “three-day ordeal of assaults” in March 2015 in Australia, the place Depp was showing as Capt. Jack Sparrow within the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.
“I vehemently deny it and can go so far as to say it’s pedestrian fiction,” he stated.
Depp and Wass sparred over disputed particulars of the Australia episode, which ended up with the couple’s rented home being trashed and Depp’s fingertip being severed to the bone.
Depp accuses Heard of chopping off his fingertip by throwing a vodka bottle at him. She denies being within the room when the digit was severed.
In response to Heard, Depp snorted cocaine, swigged Jack Daniels from the bottle, broke bottles, screamed at Heard, smashed her head in opposition to a fridge, threw her in opposition to a pingpong desk and broke a window.
“These are fabrications,” he stated.
He denied taking medicine however agreed that the couple had argued and he “determined to interrupt my sobriety as a result of I didn’t care anymore. I wanted to numb myself.”
Depp agreed with the lawyer that the home was “wrecked” after the couple’s argument, which he stated was triggered by Heard’s unhappiness about being requested to signal a postnuptial settlement.
The court docket was proven pictures of graffiti-covered mirrors, which Depp acknowledged he’d written on by dipping his bloody fingertip in paint.
However he stated Heard was chargeable for a lot of the harm to the home.
“That’s fully unfaithful,” Wass stated.
“Thanks, however it’s not,” Depp replied.
Wass additionally alleged that Depp had lashed out at Heard throughout an try to interrupt an habit to the opioid Roxicodone on his personal island within the Bahamas in 2014.
Wass stated that on the time Depp praised Heard’s efforts to assist him get clear. The lawyer learn from a message Depp despatched to Heard’s mom, saying “your daughter has risen far above the nightmarish process of caring for this poor previous junkie” and talking of her “heroism.”
Heard alleges that Depp grew to become violent in the direction of her. He denied bodily violence, however stated Heard’s declare that he was “flipping” and “screaming” may be correct.
“I used to be not in fine condition. It was the bottom level I imagine I’ve ever been in in my life,” he stated.
Depp accused Heard of telling “porky pies” — slang for lies — about his conduct. He acknowledged putting out at objects, saying it was higher than “taking it out on the individual that I like.”
Depp has admitted in court docket that he might have achieved issues he can’t keep in mind whereas he was drunk and medicines. However he denied he may have been bodily abusive and never keep in mind it.
“There have been blackouts, certain, however in any blackout there are snippets of reminiscence,” Depp stated.
The Solar’s protection depends on a complete of 14 allegations by Heard of Depp’s violence between 2013 and 2016.
The case is shining a lightweight on the tempestuous relationship between Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, who met on the set of the 2011 comedy “The Rum Diary” and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard, a mannequin and actress, filed for divorce the next 12 months and obtained a restraining order in opposition to Depp on the grounds of home abuse. The divorce was finalized in 2017.
The previous spouses now accuse one another of being controlling, violent and deceitful throughout their marriage.
In a textual content message to his physician after the Australia altercation, Depp referred to as Heard “malicious, evil and vindictive” and stated she was “determined” for fame, including “that’s most likely why I used to be acquired.”
Heard has claimed Depp felt threatened by her profession and was jealous of her male co-stars, together with James Franco and Billy Bob Thornton.
On Wednesday Wass learn the court docket an electronic mail to Depp that Heard had composed in 2013 however by no means despatched, saying he was “like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Half of you I like madly, and the opposite half scares me.”
Depp accused Heard of compiling a file of “hoax” abuse claims and stated her declare that medicine and alcohol made him a monster was “delusional.”
He additionally denied claims he hit Heard when she laughed at one in every of his tattoos, dangled her Yorkshire terrier, Pistol, out a automotive window and threatened to place the canine in a microwave.
Wass alleged to Depp that by the waning months of the wedding in December 2015, “you have been routinely utilizing violence in opposition to Ms. Heard if you have been intoxicated and if you have been indignant.”
She stated that in one struggle on the couple’s LA penthouse, Depp trashed Heard’s closet, slapped her and headbutted her, inflicting two black eyes.
Depp claimed Heard was the aggressor, and he had solely tried to restrain her “to cease her flailing and punching me.”
Heard is attending the three-week trial and is anticipated to provide proof later.
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